Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease Hope Mills NC

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David M Sickle, MD
Fayeteville, NC
Specialties
Orthopedics
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Male
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Graduation Year: 2007

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Randall A Espinosa, MD
Fayetteville, NC
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Robert J Logel, MD
(910) 484-3114
3308 Melrose Rd
Fayetteville, NC
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Orthopedics
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Male
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Graduation Year: 2007

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William Dickson Schaefer, MD
(910) 484-3114
3308 Melrose Rd
Fayetteville, NC
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Orthopedics
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Male
Education
Medical School: Bowman Gray Sch Of Med Of Wake Forest Univ, Winston-Salem Nc 27157
Graduation Year: 1996

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James Walter Snead, MD
(910) 484-3114
3308 Melrose Rd
Fayetteville, NC
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Orthopedics
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Male
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Medical School: In Univ Sch Of Med, Indianapolis In 46202
Graduation Year: 1999

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George Kalwant Bal, MD
(910) 476-1270
6910 Surrey Rd
Fayetteville, NC
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Orthopedics
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Male
Education
Medical School: Uniformed Services Univ Of The Hlth Sci, Bethesda Md 20814
Graduation Year: 1991

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Randall Alan Espinosa, MD
(910) 425-4562
Fayetteville, NC
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Orthopedics
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Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Co Sch Of Med, Denver Co 80262
Graduation Year: 1987

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James Holloway Askins, MD
(910) 484-3114
3308 Melrose Rd
Fayetteville, NC
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Orthopedics
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Male
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Medical School: Univ Of Tn, Memphis, Coll Of Med, Memphis Tn 38163
Graduation Year: 1964

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James Erwin Johnson
(910) 484-3114
3308 Melrose Rd
Fayetteville, NC
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Orthopedic Surgery

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Dr.Christopher Barnes
(910) 484-3114
1991 Fordham Dr # 100
Fayetteville, NC
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Education
Medical School: Oh State Univ Coll Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1997
Speciality
Orthopedic Surgeon
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Hip Pain Info - Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease

In order to understand Legg-Calve-Perthes disease it is important to understand the anatomy and function of the hip. Please read Hip Pain Info's section on the anatomy of the hip .

The hip joint is a ball and socket joint. The ball is formed by the top of the thigh bone (the femur) and is called the "head" of the femur. The socket is formed by the bones of the pelvis and is called the acetabulum.

Articular cartilage is a smooth shiny coating that covers the head of the femur and the acetabulum. Articular cartilage allows the head of the femur to move easily inside the acetabulum.

In Legg-Calve-Perthes disease there is an interruption of the blood supply to the growing head of the femur (also called the capital femoral epiphysis). Without blood, the bone that forms the head of the femur can not get the nutrients that it needs. The bone is damaged and areas of the growing head of the femur die. Eventually the blood supply to the growing head of the femur returns and the bone regenerates.

Unfortunately, in some cases of Legg-Calve-Perthes disease the growing head of the femur can lose its strength and can change its shape. When this happens there is increased stress on some areas of the head of the femur and the articular cartilage that covers it. Over a number of years this increased stress can lead to early osteoarthritis of the hip .

It is not clear what causes the blood supply to the growing head of the femur to be interrupted. Legg-Calve-Perthes disease occurs in children (most often between the ages of 5 and 10) and it is far more common in boys than in girls.

The treatment of Legg-Calve-Perthes disease depends on its severity. Most types of treatment work best when Legg-Calve-Perthes disease is detected early. Once it is detected, specialists that treat children with Legg-Calve-Perthes disease can plan out a treatment program.

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